[...] there's the problem of evidence: what is there about the world that suggests it is ruled by someone beneficent and powerful, or by anyone at all? I recall the hush that followed a question from a rabbi to my seminary classmates: "If Jesus was messiah, where is shalom?" Yes, there are answers, anecdotal and theological, and my classmates rallied to proffer them. What is that? He exits the room without an answer, but by this point in the story, readers of John's Gospel know the answer that has been staring Pilate in the face the whole time.
LIVING BY The Word Leonard Beechy The Christian Century; Nov 17, 2009; 126, 23; Docstoc pg. 20 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner.
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